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How is a heart transplant done - is it like a coronary artery bypass operation?
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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
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In brief: 2 basic ways
Atrial-aorta-pulmonary artery anastomosis or pulmonary veins - vena cavae - aorta- pulmonary artery anastomosis sequence.
The pulmonary vein buttons left atrium and bi caval anastomoses in theory preserve most of the atrial kick. One main issue with transplanted hearts is that chronotropic dysfunction may occur leading to diminished exercise tolerance. If the donor in same or more time available.

In brief: 2 basic ways
Atrial-aorta-pulmonary artery anastomosis or pulmonary veins - vena cavae - aorta- pulmonary artery anastomosis sequence.
The pulmonary vein buttons left atrium and bi caval anastomoses in theory preserve most of the atrial kick. One main issue with transplanted hearts is that chronotropic dysfunction may occur leading to diminished exercise tolerance. If the donor in same or more time available.
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